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Forging a New Future for Journalism and Media Diversity

Fifty years ago, the Kerner Commission Report exposed the news industry’s failings in integrating and reporting on communities of color. Since then, advocates have used the report’s findings to push for increased diversity in newsrooms—and have seen some important progress. Yet America’s diversity still isn’t reflected among the journalists who do the essential reporting—from small towns and big cities, on local issues and national crises—that we rely on. In this time of great challenges to the press, democracy, and the very idea of truth, how can we reinvigorate efforts to integrate newsrooms and advance indispensable journalism?

To tackle this question, join us for an evening of conversations with veteran journalists and media luminaries including Farai ChideyaJelani CobbJon FunabikiMartina GuzmánJenny LeeEd LewisMarie Nelson, Bill PlanteRichard PrinceKevin Ryan and Jerome VaughnDarren Walker and performances from Kisma Jordan, Jessica Care Moore and Sphinx.



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